New Delhi: Three markets from India, including two from the capital have made it to Asia's top 20 street markets according to a latest survey released here.
Dilli Haat and Chandni Chowk from Delhi and Arpora night market in Goa feature in the "Asia's top street markets for shopping" guide released by TripAdisor.
"Shopping is an important part of a travel itinerary and the fact that there are a number of diverse and unusual markets in Asia for a global traveller to choose from, makes her journey a lot more fascinating," says Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
Thailand has topped the list with the largest number of diverse street markets in Asia followed by India and Vietnam with three markets each. The list includes night markets, street markets, floating markets and others.
"Markets reflect the culture and tradition in a region and for a tourist they are not just places to buy interesting merchandise but also a gateway to get acquainted with the region's people and their varied attitudes towards life in general," Ganju told PTI.
Traditionally, the bazaars of India have served as good sensory guides to the country's diversity.
Modelled on a traditional weekly village market, the Dilli Haat which houses a range of products ranging from handloom sarees to a blend of handicrafts and food from all over India has been placed on the 13th position in the list.
"The market is beautiful and has vendors from all over India selling handicrafts, beautiful textiles and artifacts. It was so colourful and beautiful; I got many souvenirs and trinkets for my family and cousins. We also ate at the different restaurants and stalls that served many cuisines of India. I would definitely recommend it," reads a review posted by a traveller from Atlanta, Geogia on the TripAdvisor site.
Arpora, a village close to the North Goa beach belt that hosts a night market offering a selection of clothes, shoes, bags, handicrafts, jewellery, leather accessories, home decor, spices and festoons has been ranked 15th in the list.
"This market has something for everyone! It's got live music bands, culinary feasts, drinking holes, shops shops and shops. From homemade knick knacks to Indian handicraft, from dream catchers to rustic mirrors, gypsy boxes to leather products, you name it and you get it. Dreams come true for me and my friends," a traveller from Darjeeling posted in a review.
Chandni Chowk, which means moonlit square or market holds the 17th position on the list. Established in the 17th century by Jahanara, daughter of Mughal emperor Shahjahan, the bazaar is famed for sarees with chikan and zari work, accessories, jewellery, souvenirs and street food.
Peddling through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi by Tuk-tuk is a favorite way to see the old city once named ShahJahanabad.
"It's a good idea to go by Tuk-tuk the first time, then you'll be more confident to spend hours of delight walking through by yourself or with friends. Have your camera ready because you'll want to capture it all," says a traveller from Bremerton, Washington.